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“I would say I learned the value of service while in the US ARMY. With that I have built a business around just that, service.”

Nathan House - CODE 3 Public Safety Gear

“I learned to understand the meaning of discipline and how to perform under pressure. I came to understand the meaning of leadership through working my way up through the ranks.”

Richard Porter - Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.

“The ability to turn ideas into action plans by using the OSMEAC formula and achieving goals.”

Clayton Poff - Energy Cost Reducers, LLC

“It has helped me keep deadlines, be well organized.”

Dawn White - White's Cleanit

“The military taught me leadership, management, and people skills.”

Thomas Krick - Homeland Property Inspections

“It gave me a chance to have HUGE responsibility at a very early age. I was in charge of some very high profile programs. This experience propelled me into having the skills needed for entrepreneurship!”

Jeffrey Luckado - IMPACT Homebuyers Group, Corp

“Do to the military training, I have learned to communicate with different type of individual and to communicate with them their needs for my service. My main service is to help each individual to purchase the home of their dream or to help current homeowner get better rate and lower their monthly payment of their current home mortgage.”

John Sheppard - J Sheppard Loan Processing Service

“It taught me honor, integrity, hard work, perseverance, adaptability, how to improvise, overcome and complete on each mission.”

Shelly Bauer - Universal Investigations, LLC

“My experience as an infantry Marine taught me the value of extensive planning, yet gave me the ability to adapt well to ever-changing demands and situations. As a business owner, I'm able to provide faster solutions and service because of my military service experience.”

Klay South - Operation Care Package 24/7

“Military service has made me an even more responsible person!”

Roy Drangstveit - Minnesota Valley Inspections LLC

“We’re trained to do our jobs and react to certain situations just the way civilian employees are. But we also have leeway to use our intelligence and awareness to respond to new situations and come up with new ways of doing things. We work in teams, so as problems come up, we solve them collectively and understanding the company’s mission and looking to my employees for insights are all skills I learned while in service.”

Kelen Prutow - U.S. Integrators

“Big business is a bunch of "Hurry up, and Wait!" Just never give up.”

Steven Carr - Dreamweaver Distribution, LLC

“I learned discipline and responsibility.”

Donnie Cross - Just By Nature Candle & Soap Supplies

“The discipline it takes to be a successful soldier benefited me the most. I am able to focus and accomplish specific tasks more effectively because of my military experience.”

Jacqueline Ingol - Beautiful Plants LLC

“The discipline and rigid routines have prepared me to be honest, trustworthy, and above punctual in my approach to all of my inspection activities.”

Thomas Spoor - Quality Home Inspection

“We’re trained to do our jobs and react to certain situations just the way civilian employees are. But we also have leeway to use our intelligence and awareness to respond to new situations and come up with new ways of doing things. We work in teams, so as problems come up, we solve them collectively and understanding the company’s mission and looking to my to employees for insights are all skills I learned while in service. In the military, we work in teams, and we have leaders just the way.”

Frank Valenti - Fulton Graphics, Inc.

“The military taught me primarily to listen and learn, understand diversity, and work with everyone. Using my planning skills, multi-tasking experience, and level of understanding of people and industry, I have worked to develop processes and innovative techniques to improve not only a business, but the employees and atmosphere. The Military taught me that - everyone has a great idea - it just takes the right time and the right person to hear it and how to focus on it!”

Ron Craw - Improvement Innovations LLC

“Self-discipline, confidence and structure I gained while serving in the USAF.”

Jyl Hendricks - All Cape Painting & Carpentry LLC

“Military training prepared me to follow rules and steps in order to achieve goals. It taught me teamwork and how to be a good leader. There are some of the things I was able to use in order to become a business owner. The Army core values are something I have used as a way of life both in the military and in the business world, and it has been essential to our growth.”

Fernando Martinez - Ostar Motorsports

“To deliver services in a promised time and respect customers.”

Thomas Covington - A-1 Copy Systems, LLC

“The Air Force has prepared me to be a professional leader!”

Mark Northrup - House 2 Home LLC

“Military training and discipline coupled with hard work, long hours and camaraderie were influential in building fortitude, preparedness and can-do attitudes in me for life after the military. Seeing so many countries and what people live like in other parts of the world gave me an immense appreciation for what we have had here in America like no other experience could have. Being thankful for our freedoms by knowing the cost involved from our veterans and founding fathers is invaluable.”

Marty DiGiacomo - True Blue Transportation

“Taught me how to figure out how to do something, gave me the ability to do it and the wherewithal to get it done.”

mike lynch - Beavercreek Garage Door/Mister Handy

“Higher work standards, better people skills, higher quality product efficiency!”

Roger Newcomer - Dick's Speed-O-Tach, Inc.

“Motivation, Discipline, and Foresight.”

John Paff - American Shootist LLC

“Better Business Owner: Organized, Motivated, Self Initiative.”

Andrew Ronchak - Green Leaf Corporation

“Taught me to lead by example.”

Jeffrey Allen - Global Crossroads Capital

“During my 21 years in the military, I have developed my discipline and attention to detail that I use everyday as a business owner. My biggest asset is STANDARDS, and that is why it's in the company name "Military Standards Window Cleaning.”

Scott Pearce - Military Standards Window Cleaning LLC

“Military service has prepared me to be a better business owner; by being organized, to be able to listen to my customers and meeting their needs. Not to be afraid to fail, and if I do, not to stop until I get it right!”

Charles Reynolds - OR Communications

“It's helped me form objectives, and become better at forming strategies to reach those objectives. It's also helped me work as a team, develop SOP's in my business, and focus on the goals I have set.”

EJ Smith - Smith Business Development Solutions

“As Infantry Sgt., On a mission you are responsible for 500K plus in gear, and the lives of your unit, starting a business with all it's stress and frustration, could never compare to combat. We fought together, now we grow our business together.”

Colin Archipley - Archi's Acres, Inc.

“The military prepared me to be a better business owner, by challenging my mind and body through seemingly impossible tasks. After accomplishing these tasks, I realized that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.”

David Zimmerman - Lawn n' Home Doctor

“While serving in the military I learned honor, pride, and attention to detail.”

David Dohrmann - A Quality Carpet Cleaning

“In so many ways. Discipline, integrity, long hours, able to use the skills I learned in the Army to establish policies and procedures for my company.”

Alisa Clark - Glory Professional Cleaning Services

“Taught me responsibility and leadership under fire. Company commander with 3rd Marine Division RVN.”

LEO DURANT - LND Construction

“The twenty-one years of varied assignments and responsibilities inherent with the positions provided the leadership and know-how to become a small business owner.”

Gary Pitchford - Veteran Hire Pursuit, LLC

“The Air Force, Airmen, invested time in mentoring me and developing my skills to be able to manage complex tasks and make sure the job gets done!”

Ed Stobierski - G.I. JUNK

“The military gave me leadership and Taught me discipline for every day life.”

Robert Morone - Morone's Mowing Inc.

“Leadership training and concept of personal Duty and Honor.”

Mark Preson - Operations and Engineering

“Professionalism, Compassion and Prudence. All traits associated with growing up in a military family and continue today as I say congrats and good luck to a Grandson going the Navy way.”

Rick Pino - Ricon Compliance Inspections

“Taught me organization and preparation.”

William R. Whitteker - Pansermesh Inc.

“It helped me develop a disciplined, organized and communicative work style.”

Karen Auguste - Purple Lynx Inc.

“As a Navy hospital corpsman back in the mid 80s, I spent several years juggling many tasks at one time. Whether drawing blood or filing medical records, everything had to be extremely organized and done quickly and perfectly. There was no room for error when it came to dealing with my daily duties in the Navy and there is no room for error today in running an agency. The military also helped me become comfortable working with different people from all ranks and all walks of life which makes running a web-centric marketing agency like eWareness much easier.”

Brian St.Ours - eWareness

“Taught discipline, honesty, character, loyalty which we implement in our business everyday. Taught how to honor your country and to be responsible for your own actions. Made us proud to be an American and that to serve in the military is an honor.”

Gilbert Sentell - Sentell Engineering, Inc.

“26 years experience of flying, maintaining, and support Air Force Weapon Systems.”

Don Needham - LogSpec

“The military instills in most persons a sense of responsibility and respect for structure. The chaos in our daily lives is much better dealt with, I believe, by a person with a military background as opposed to one without. This is evident by the shear number of people locked up in our prisons at enormous cost to our society. For those who chose to change their lives or to seek adventure or to follow in the footsteps of another in joining the military, my hat is off to you. All the best!”

John Berosh - Information Systems 2000

“Positive, can do attitude where failure is not an option as well as leadership qualities which helped motivate and support my employees.”

David Fisher - Military Supply Coins

“I am always on time and I do what I say.”

Sam Emmerling - Sam Emmerling Company

“Procedures and systems.”

Ron Glazer - Ron Glazer

“The GI Bill launched me into an education in mechanical engineering. I started my education while still in the Navy and received a lot of help from my aircrew officers in mathematics and physics. I was then ready to start a 4-year program at UC.”

David Tostenson - DT Engineering Associates Inc.

“While I served in the Vietnam War, I learned many skills and trades. It has helped me to develop a sense of good morals and values in my family life as well as my professional career as a Prime Contractor.”

Jerry Bechel - BB&K Construction, LLC

“First the military service allowed me to participate in the GI Bill which paid for my Masters Degree in Business. Second it instilled in me a sense of integrity and honesty with is often missing in business. Third it taught me to focus on clients.”

Paul Harar - Maximum Blends

“Organizational Skills.”

Keith Picard - VAL-FAB, Inc.

“It has given me tons of leadership experience!”

Jeremiah Richards - City Green Landscaping LLC

“Discipline, Discipline, Discipline!”

Lindy Scarborough - Magictainment

“Serving in the military gave me a good sense of direction and ethical business practices as well as a hard-working and responsible lifestyle.”

Michael Friedberg - Secure Standards, LLC

“Work ethics, and responsibility.”

Thomas Hughes - DOD Consultants, LLC

“The leadership skills learned in the military has prepared me to be better business owner.”

Anthony King - Bamaboys Towing & Transport

“It taught me how to live with very little income.”

Brian Kinney - Brian Kinney Insurance Agency

“Military service is invaluable in teaching one team work, discipline, communication, contacts, and allows one to establish life long friendships.”

David B. du Pont - HEPCO, Inc.

“Taught me discipline and gave me the self esteem needed.”

Dan Engel - Employee Benefit Solutions LLC

“Leadership abilities, and discipline acquired in the service has carried over into business.”

James McBride - Environmental Management System

“The Army instilled a sense of discipline, teamwork and organization in me that has bettered every aspect of my life. I would definitely not be where I am today without the time that I proudly served in the military.”

Robin Caton - Foundstuff Estate Sales & Personal Property Appraisals

“Discipline, discipline, discipline!”

Bob Wilburn - Matrix Construction Co., Inc.

“When I was bored, I read books about business. I can not sit down and not be doing anything. I'm always looking for opportunities to exploit. I'm grateful for the leadership and patience I earned while serving on active duty.”

Junyer Knight - My-Eddy

“1- Dealing with diversity 2- making well thought out and timely decisions 3- Do what ever it takes to complete the project 4- Turning negative situations into positive results”

Mel Flaget - Point 2 Point Logistics (Independent Landstar Agency)

“Focus, dedication, will to survive, discipline.”

Kelly Dearwester II - Premier Link LLC

“Once I left active duty I as able to secure a civilian position with the US Army Corps of Engineers where I worked for nearly 10 years as an IT Manager developing a broad range of skills including Web Designer, IT Manager and Strategic Planner.”

Russ Cuthrell - Spyder Byte Media, Inc.

“The military taught me determination.”

Vernon Williams - The Williams Company

“Hard work and discipline.”

Kevin Hurley - Windy Hill Nursery, LLC

“The Marines instilled me all of the morals and qualities a person needs to be be successful in business and life.”

Michael Witt - A Cut Above Tree Service

“Being in the military has taught me that no matter what background you come from or where you come from has nothing to do with the teamwork and family values that you leave there with. I loved meeting so many people from so many places.”

Stephanie Salupo - Admin On The Go

“The military taught me that there is no 'I' in matter how it sounds... it is true. I have learned that I can push myself to things I never thought possible and to treat people the way that I would want to be treated.”

Stephanie Salupo - Combat Cleaning Services, LLC

“Attention to detail. Management skills with employees.”

Ryan Powell - The Cleaning Corps

“90% of the employees of TCS Consultants are former service men and women or the children of service men and women. The military has instilled a sense of duty, mission accomplishment, and self discipline that we have transferred into our profession.”

Timothy Clegg - TCS Consultants, LLC

“It has given me the direction, capabilities and confidence to own and operate a small business.”

Jeffrey Gruhlke - Pinnacle Carpet Care

“Professional leadership and commitment to providing a professional service for our clients.”

Chuck Yezza - 1st Choice Property Inspectors Inc.

“It gave me the skill to stick to it when the going has been slow.”

Richard Jennings - R H Jennings, LLC

“Almost 10 years in the USAF taught me many things including trustworthiness, timeliness, honesty, sense of pride, and ethical behavior.”

Michael White - Heritage Heating & Air LLC

“I have been doing what I learned in the Military my entire life.”

Richard Grado - Rocky Mountain Civil Constructors

“Since I've served in both the Army and Marine Corps, I have made the lessons learned, standard protocol. Just as I had to do to learn how to walk again after getting hit with an I.E.D. while providing convoy security in Iraq.”

Kris Rodriguez - The Rodriguez Insurance Agency

“Time management, responsibility, accountability, teamwork, pride, and the list goes on. I am very proud to have served and look forward to a successful career in business for myself with the help of friends, family and other veterans. Thank you.”

Lisa Madison - Rocky Coast Seminars

“While an Air Force Officer, I learned to put integrity first and do everything with excellence. I also learned that organization and communication are keys to a successful project. I have carried these values to our company and live them daily.”

Justin Whitaker - AFV Construction LLC

“The submarine service taught me discipline and the need to work in cooperation with others.”

Michael Addison - Siella Imaging LLC

“The organizational skills given to me by the US Navy have helped us to make better informed business decisions.”

Gary Branch - Cross Chart Records

“It gave me the discipline to run a successful business for over 26 years.”

Michael Raffetto - Accurate Forms & Supplies

“The organizational and preparation skills I can say have given me a high drive to succeed in my business. Creating new goals and commitments. Being physically and mentally focused to complete specified tasks. Creating solutions to problems. I can say this is what the Military has done for me.”

Robert Dano - Zodiac Cleaning System LLC

“The key word in any business is integrity.”

Gerard Sunnen - Ozonics International, LLC

“The skills I learned at an early age in the US Navy developed my sense of discipline, tenacity, and motivation to excel in all areas of my life. I left the USN and completed my college degree, entered the market in sales and sales management, ran companies, and always helped others to increase their own motivation too excel. I would not trade my time serving my country for any amount of money. It created a cornerstone for my life and that has been now passed to my son. Thank you.”

Martin Lee - Happyface Media

“Leadership by Example. Supply Chain Management Skills.”

Billy Williamson - Global MPG

“Through training and discipline my service in the military has helped to mold me into a well rounded thinker. It gave me a great deal of structure and that coupled with my creative abilities makes a great combination for success.”

Scott Ceretti - VETS ROCK Inc.

“Being a leader of Marines prepared me to take the reigns of my company and relentley give everything that I possibly can to ensure that our customer base comes first and receives nothing but the highest quality of service.”

Brett Granger - Global Garage Flooring and Design of Houston, LLC.

“The military gave me a sense of accomplishment and the will and desire to achieve any goal set in front of me. With the motivation given to me by the many people in the military pushing me only made me stronger as a person.”

Francis Kalokitis - Kal Kom LLC

“Went thru some trying times in the army (helicopter crew chief-Vietnam) which makes you stronger, so you can give the extra effort it takes to run a business.”

William Whelan - The Printing Works

“Leadership and Character. The military gave me the confidence to know that I can do anything I set my mind on.. and that's the truth! 100% success thus far!”

Jeffrey Gonzalez - DirectJG HIDS and Accessories

“Discipline, integrity and honesty!”

Marc Soss - Marc J. Soss, Esquire

“Being a marine has developed discipline and organization to our business. We consider it an honor to do business with other veterans.”

Harold O'Callaghan - Waco Formworks LLC

“The courtroom is a tough place to succeed, but not near as tough as the training and experiences I encountered in the Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman.”

Russell Little - The Law Offices of Russell Little, LLC

“Honor, respect, discipline!”

stephon mudd - Services Rendered VIP Photography

“Trust, leadership, independent, and the ability to talk and work with others to accomplish goals.”

Jeffrey Lakatos - Hartland Electric LLC

“The military provided a place to mature and see the world without the close protection of my family. Decisions made by myself were totally mine and had its repercussions either positive or negative. This was the place where you learn to be an adult.”

James E. Frederick - TimeLine Management Group, LLC

“I was a Army Corp of Engineer officer leading different platoons through multiple types of missions which really helped me be adaptable to change.”

James Farrell - The Lawson Flag Supply Co.

“The military instilled the importance of pride and dedication in the task at hand, also the need for attention to the details of any task I undertake.”

Michael Langel - Proving Grounds Lawn Care

“I entered the Army at seventeen years old, as a high school drop out. The Army taught me the skills that have enabled me to thrive in any situation that I have found myself in. The training and education I was provided have made the man I am today.”

Scott Jones - Native Sons Services, LLC

“Serving in the military as an enlisted soldier made me appreciate how easy life really can be. It's all about making the best of every day and every business opportunity. Family and country!”

Steve Carby - VetRents Equipment & Sales Company

“Personnel Management. Leadership. Strong work ethic for long hours.”

Mark Rothrock - Rocky's Bar

“The leadership training I received in the US Army prepared me to take on many challenges in life as well as taught me the skills I needed to venture out and start my own business.”

Leopold Lacrimosa - SonoranDesertKnives

“Taught me a "never quit" philosophy!”

F Gregg Meagher - Life Regeneration Systems Corporation LLC

“Leadership, integrity, commitment.”

Carla Watson - A.C. Waters Mediation Services, LLC

“Military trains you to get things done and go the extra mile. This is the core philosophy for my company which shows in the way we treat our customers and the quality of work we perform.”

Gus Meyer - Cypress Door & Glass LLC

“My experiences in the Air Force as a Security Specialist taught me Leadership Skills, Attention to Detail and Pride in Accomplishing Tasks to a Degree of Perfection not found amongst many.”

Larry Ebeling - Spectrum A/V Group

“Discipline, team work, never give up attitude.”

Marvin Whitaker - Skip's Construction Co., Inc.

“My military service prepared me for anything and everything I have faced since I got out. My strong leadership and discipline allows me to excel in all areas of my business. My service experience is the bedrock of my business.”

John Logan - Adventure Alliance

“Time and safety critical operations demand a higher level of personal accountability that most commercial operations. Military service (twenty-three years of US Navy service) builds-in a level of experience & confidence unmatched by other venues.”

Jim Holcombe - JHolcombe & Associates, Incorporated

“Being in the US Army and having the privilege of serving overseas has helped me take the challenges of the business world in stride.”

JD Beers - Coupon Raider!

“Introduced me to the disciplines required to get a job done and accomplish important and critical task without excuse or oversight. Also learned supervision, delegation, and leadership principles that have served me every day.”

Michael Thomas - Thomas Lock & Key

“The leadership and discipline from my military service prepared me for managing not only one business but two.”

Dorothy West - AVON - Independent Sales Representative - Dorothy West

“Never quit or give up!”

Randy Hill - RRJN Inc.

“Discipline. Before entering the army I was a mess but afterward I became very organized.”

Stanley Sigstad - Trader Sigstad's Coffee

“The Army gave me the attitude and drive to get things done correctly and efficiently. There is no civilian training that can compare to the conditioning your body and mind receive even in the first year of training. Real Integrity is key!”

Charles Clements - Clements Drivelane

“The military has provided me with the perseverance required to stay focused to any obstacle or task at hand.”


“Military service taught me that taking care of people is just as important as turning a profit. We truly believe that in helping others in a fair and honest way that we are also helping ourselves to be better people.”

robert thomas - Thomas and Sons Home Efficiency

“Discipline, pride in workmanship, attention to detail, extraordinary customer service ethic.”

Jeff Truesdale - Proforma True Solutions

“Serving in the Army and now the Reserves has helped me to be more aware of the world around me. My organizational and communication skills have improved, I have an increased love for my country and our freedoms. I returned from my 4th deployment to Afghanistan (2012) and am honored to say that I have served with the finest men and women and am grateful for their support and for what we have learned together.”

Adam Peters - Three Willows Counseling, LLC

“Disciplined, organized, motivated, on-time, responsible, professional.”

Scott Ehlert - Coastal Flooring Contractors

“It has given me leadership skills, drive and desire to become someone, the need to succeed.”

Katrina Wheeler - Katrina Wheeler Photography

“It has made me a more (nose to the grindstone) kind of a person. What ever it takes to get the job done.”

Gary Wickham - P.F.D. LLC

“It has given me the discipline to realize that what the mind can see it can achieve!”

Richard Olvera - LegalShield Independent Associate - Richard Olvera

“I learned to take responsibility for situations.”

Christopher Rice - Southern Finishes Estimating, LLC

“With training in leadership.”

Tom Shelters - Shelters Home Inspections

“The military has given me the foundation to run and own a company.”

JASON LOFTIS - Courier Solutions, Inc.

“The military prepared me very well by instilling the willingness to work long hours and a toughness to complete any task. The military also gave me the opportunity to get a degree using the GI Bill which made this all possible. Thank you!”

Dennis Dilley - PCB Interconnect Solutions, LLC

“Military service instills many fine characteristics such as integrity, responsibility, loyalty, commitment, and much more. It makes you appreciate the freedoms that we are afforded because of the sacrifices of those know what it truly means to serve.”

Jeff Haynes - Realty Inspection Services, LLC

“I am a proud American with knowledge of how things should be done. I take great pride in my products and services.”

Patrick Ryan - AA Accents Ltd.

“Discipline and the ability to converse with all levels of people. Confidence. Airborne training proved that I could accomplish what I set out to do.”

Charles Luntz - Charles Luntz & Associates

“During my time in the military I learned discipline, paying attention to detail, patience, to aggressively tackle challenging projects and the determination to see them thru to successful completion.”

Richard Holscher - Electro Products, Inc.

“Taught me to be self reliant.”

Seymour Lecker - Lecker Business Services, Inc.

“Attention to detail and the mindset to get the job done one way or another!”

Michael Jarecke - mjaUSA Hosting & Online Services

“The Army gave me the skills and confidence to open my own business. The support I have already received from fellow veterans gave me the push I need to know that I can succeed as part of the veterans community.”

Robert Kent - MN Concealed Protection, LLC

“With 26 ½ years military service and 20 years of civil service with the Army and Navy, as an enlisted Air Force member through retirement from the Army Reserve as an Army Officer I learned organizational, management, leadership and down-to earth people skills that are essential in any business.”

Dwayne Burgess - Onsite Visions 360

“Active, detail-oriented, discipline, focus, hardworking, observant, regimented, scheduled.”

Pete Petroulias - Phoenix Communications & Cabling, Inc.

“Has given me the fortitude to strive for the best in myself and others.”

Douglas Alexander - Area 41

“I was in the US Army in the early 1980's. As a young man starting fresh in the world, the army gave me the discipline, self confidence and the proper lifestyle structure to have 3 successful businesses and now my current website design company.”

Gregg Vollman - EZ Duzit Websites

“By training me in the skills of a Physical Therapy Aide which are the foundation for my Massage Therapy training.”

Michael Wolfes - Michael's Mobile Massage, LLC

“Responsibility, integrity, honor and getting the job done.”

James Pyle - Jims Computer Services

“All ways on time and doing the best you can the first time.”

Robin Bradley - Maid In America Janitorial Service

“Military service taught me to persevere even in difficult times while always keeping excellence a top priority.”

Sarah Hudson - The Marketing Analysts

“We understand the stresses imposed on the military families, and offer a standing discount for active duty military.”

Kenneth Schroeder - Bryant House Bed & Breakfast

“My military experience has instilled the values in me that it takes to be an accomplished business owner.”

Stephen Burleson - Burleson Lawn Service

“Being a leader and doing right by my fellow man.”

Kevin Barry - DJ/Karaoke Kevin

“Learned discipline and to stick with it.”

Bruce Cram - Douglas Enterprises Transportation Services

“Attention to detail is the number one thing I learned from the Army. This helps me everyday while inspecting homes.”

Michael Ivie - IVCO Home Inspection Service

“Work with no supervision.”

Mike Morin - Mike & Sue Properties

“My time in service instilled order and discipline into every part of my life. Carrying out daily tasks from start to finish. Showing respect for others. These things are most important in any successful business.”

Del Lawson - Photo Video 2000

“Discipline and stick-to-it-tiveness, organizational skills, administrative, keep moving forward in the face of adversity; no doubt that without the skill sets I learned and honed in 18 years of military service that they prepared me.”

Doug Kelly - SEO for My Website

“My 4-year enlistment in the United States Air Force taught me many skills. As a Security Police K-9 officer, I learned how to write detailed incident reports that would later be used in court to get full convictions. I also learned that a quest for knowledge and training in my career field led to special duty assignments, advancement and recognition by my superiors. Additionally, my GI Bill benefits allowed me to further my education and complete my degree programs, which provided me with additional skills needed in today's business environment.”

Jeff Tomczak - Rocky Mountain Flag Company - Littleton


Max Hills - Reliable Auto Service, Inc.


Ed Mihalacki - Laurel Mountain Laser

“The USN 82-86 has taught me or helped prepare me in life for all the big words like, responsibility, dependability, respect, fairness, and much more! I probably would not be where I am today without this valuable duty of serving my country!”

Michael Marcus - Las Vegas Tile and Grout Cleaning

“Understanding what teamwork it takes to truly take care of specific needs of soldiers directly applies to customer service. You must apply yourself and your team to provide great customer service.”

Richard Tillery - Veterans InfoSec Services

“Discipline and determination. Being mission minded.”

Herb Johnson - AdSTAR

“I've learned to be self-disciplined and adapt to new environments with people of different cultures.”

CURTIS THOMPSON - DJ Tee's Entertainment

“Showed me how to be a leader. If you can lead you can do anything.”

Harry Goodman - Goode Cleaning

“Being an Executive Officer in an Combat Engineering Construction Company, I learned that duty to mission is the most important thing. The mission of Schiller Ahern is to put our clients in a better position than before our relationship began. We are committed to doing everything we can to make the client proud of our efforts and results. To us, the client is first.”

Chris Ahern - Schiller Ahern

“The military education that I have had along with my job as an engineering draftsman/illustrator as well as art school has prepared me to do what is required for the sign business. I have served in the Navy as well as a Civil service retirement.”

William Smith - Signs by Splat

“The Army has helped me become a better business owner by giving me the confidence and knowledge to provide people with a service. The leadership tools that I acquired in the army made me a better communicator and listener.”

Richard Baisden - T&D Productions, LLC

“Discipline is the word.”

Joseph Massie - Massie Commercial Real Estate Services

“Improvise and overcome any difficult situation which applies to the construction trades, organization and planning to meet all challenges.”


“As a Military Veteran, I have learned the importance of being a team player, as well as the ability to organize, and manage in a business environment. I have learned the ability to speak intelligently to any and everyone I meet.”

Deontea Vickers - The Notary Lady Services

“The leadership and team building skills that I learned through the Navy gave me a definite advantage over my competition to build strong foundation with a very committed and dedicated staff.”

Kathryn Murphy - Comfort Keepers - Jacksonville Florida

“I have learned in life as in the military that commitment and perseverance is the key to being successful in anything you do in life. I married in 1973 while still in the Marines, I am still married and going strong.”

Bob Edwards - EDWARDS Electric, Inc.

“Discipline, Problem Solving.”

James Clymer - James Financial Mgmt Services

“I learned from my tour of duty as a Marine Corps Helicopter Pilot many personal traits and core values that serve me well in 29 years of business in real estate.”

David B Meyers - Meyers & McCabe Properties

“I have learned how to handle a challenge.”

Glen Sandiford - My Virtual Accountants

“My experience as an electrician in the Navy helped enable me to use this knowledge in construction and remodeling for residential and commercial customers.”

Robert Stouter - Stouter Construction, LLC

“We are able to produce the required documentation, samples and attention to detail needed to help make our customers approvals and acquisition processes go smoothly.”

Will Cronin - Tiger Foam Insulation

“The service taught me honor, courage, commitment, and how to think on your toes. Ever since my exit with the Navy I knew that I would do something great. I have always had high standards in everything I have ever done, now the business does that.”

Tony Webber - TNT Drywall and Painting

“I realized that anything is possible and we are only limited by our own initiative.”

Joseph Abi-najm - VA Home Inspect, LLC

“Learned responsibility and chain of command.”

Clifton Coleman - Ugly Otter Trading Post

“Leadership, management skills, problem solving.”

James Wissenbach - Calamity's

“Learned how to build team integrity by leading from the front.”

Frank Seibert - Career Advancement Associates

“As an Infantry Unit Leader, I had to coordinate efforts to accomplish missions and objectives with as few casualties and the most efficiency possible. Seeing how tasks come together to complete a larger objective was an important tool to becoming a business owner. Supporting contracts sometimes requires a joint effort with other organizations to be successful.”

Christopher Worden - Worden Technology Solutions, LLC

“Discipline, motivation, and pride.”

Ken Martin - Lodging Kit Company

“Taught me to focus and set goals to attain desired results.”

Anthony Barbarette - Smoky Mountain Kayaking

“The military prepares people with a unique perspective on challenges. Veterans learn how to approach the world from another angle, and have an unparalleled drive and focus for meeting each challenge.”

Chad Bowerman - The Yellow Dog Group, LLC

“As a squad leader with Delta co. 52nd Engineers during Desert Storm I realized the importance of some of the things we were drilled on during our training and the importance of continuing that training and to be adaptable to the situation.”

Boyd Hughes - B & B Power LLC

“Both my wife and I are proud to be veterans. Military service has helped teach us self discipline and responsibility.”

Robert Rhodes - Bayou Cache

“The Navy prepared me for unforeseen circumstances, so when I was declared disabled and unemployable by the Veterans Administration, I knew I had to do something to support my wife and kids, so I started my website.”

Douglas Conklin - Camelot Gift Shop


Francisco Mendoza - Dedicated Contracting

“After 12 years active duty Air Force I was extremely prepared to run a business because of the integrity, honesty, appreciation for quality, timeliness, and strong work ethic that were instilled in me by the United States Air Force.”

Jason Knotowicz - G Force Technologies

“It has made me aware of attention to detail and the importance of serving others.”

Benjamin Ross - Indiana ProClean

“I think just the basic hard work that was involved with my job. I was an operating engineer but found myself operating a handle (shovel) more often than not. The work ethic that was formed really can't be beat. I wouldn't have it any other way.”

Adam Butusov - M1 Property Management Company

“Leadership traits and principles instilled by the Corps.”

Wade Grant - PC Tech MediX

“18 months in Vietnam in 1969 right out of high school teaches you how to handle any situations that comes your way, and for me that 18 month tour has made me a better business owner.”

Jon Murany - Photo-Tec Graphics & Signs

“Being a Navy Chief Petty Officer, has provided me with the leadership and management skills that help make our corporation.”

Doylkes R. Grimes - Regal V, Inc.

“I am a disciplined, well organized and punctual business owner who believes in providing a quality service at a reasonable price.”

Joe Ferguson - Rio Grande Home Inspections, LLC

“Introduced me to mechanical engineering.”

Paul Martin - Sigma Psi Consulting Engineers, PLLC

“My training and combat tours have given me the knowledge to train others.”

Eric Ives - Tactical Strategies and Concepts, Inc.

“Promptness and discipline!”

DeMond Nelson - XTK Cleaning

“Being in the Air Force has prepared me by teaching me the key factors of business, attention to detail being prompt and showing effective problems resolution skills.”

Walter White - On-Demand Courier & Concierge

“I am currently doing the same work the navy trained me on almost twenty years ago.”

Kirk Campainha - Universal Fire Protection

“I've been doing government contracting for 43 years. Retired C.O. from the USAF in 1986.”

Rick Horn - Nevada Procurement Outreach Program

“The best Leadership course in the world, working as a Team, Training under pressure. Integrity, Health and Fitness as part of the work day.”

William Brisbin - Promothreads

“The Air force taught me discipline, to pay attention to detail, to be on time and many other things to numerous to name.”

James Gibbs - Quality Painting by James

“Working on military aircraft has shown the reason for high quality and zero defects.”

Michael Priest - Revolution Prototype and Machine

“Military service prepared me for the world I would be facing when I was discharged.”

Richard Langis - Rick Langis Private Investigations

“Gave me the experience and confidence to handle myself and my affairs. It provided travel opportunities that opened my eyes to the entire world.”

Dave Pinchotti - Trippe Supply Co. of Washington, DC, Inc

“Learned to be responsible, punctual, dependable, persistent, loyal, appreciate teamwork, respect for self and others, leadership.”

Jesse Willingham - TriMark Marketing Technologies, Inc.

“I do for the public what I did for the military.”

Wayne Crist - Tri-Star Communications

“It taught me personal responsibility, accountability, and efficiently.”

william frueh - Treeline Design LLC

“Well-established a specialized military background while working in the civilian world offers a wealth of knowledge to the public and government agencies.”

Mike Drevline - Tradevet, Inc.

“The Navy prepared me to become a business owner by instilling strong values and discipline to get things accomplished, goal setting and time management. It taught me how to deal with a variety of different people from all walks of life. It taught me to take pride in everything that I do.”

Marc House - Total Shred Solutions, LLC

“20 yrs. as a Navy Seabee has taught me a lot of construction skills as well as time management and self discipline.”

Fredrick Trippler - Fix It Fred Handyman Service

“My military service prepared me to be a better business owner by working with other people of all nationalities and races. It prepared my by teaching me to be organized and mission focused.”

Douglas Akers - Fresh and Frozen Delights, LLC

“Learned to work as a team. Learned the need to keep studying. Leaned to plan ahead and to work a plan.”

George Trost - G. E. Trost & Associates, Inc.

“Traveling overseas in the Navy helped me prepare for my extensive travel, working as a Storekeeper provided warehousing knowledge and confidence in working with others overseas.”

Robert Mull - Mull Export Management & Consulting LLC

“Military service taught me discipline to keep working to get the job done, not to be afraid to tackle something I was unfamiliar with, and to take care of the men and women assigned to me, which today is taking care of my customers.”

John Byers - Music Man Apparel

“My experience in the Army has showed me what to fight for and how a real family of soldiers can live together through all sorts of situations. It also gave me the strength to endure hardships as in business. While serving in Iraq I saw a need to create a private internet network so our unit could communicate back home to our families and friends, and it still up today.”

Marlon Williams - mWillsplace Mobile Inc

“The Navy provided opportunities for progressive leadership and management responsibilities and the skills to exceed in any environment. By capitalizing on the skillets learned, I have been successful in all my post Navy leadership roles.”

Kevin D. Reside - National Safety Technology LLC

“1.) Work ethic 2.) Technical training”

Thomas Gaume - Network Computer Services, Inc

“Ownership, responsibility, being on time, working hard, do the job right!”

David G. Shaw - New Look Paint and Power Washing

“Discipline, hard work, loyalty, and ready to go "All The Way".”

Kevin Beasley - New Start Realty and Relocation

“Teaching me to never give up no matter what happens.”

Jack Gentile - New York Aviation Corporation

“The biggest gift from the military for me lies in understanding the necessity for clarity at the onset of what you want to achieve, planning and organizing for that result and ensuring you have some way of getting on-going feedback about how things are truly going with respect to your plan.”

Reggie Crane - Next Level Coaching and Consulting Services

“My interactions with people from different cultures and backgrounds has allowed me to view the world as a "melting pot" of talented people. My military discipline, loyalty enables me to provide good customer service while manufacturing practical products for "everyday people" to use!”

Terry Evans - NexTTyme LLC

“The military has given me the technological and communication advantage to work within today's industries. I have been able to make the successful contacts that have allowed me to start this business as a direct result of the skills I matured while in the military. Go Army!”

Micah Young - Noah's Rock LLC

“Military service helped shape a work ethic, team-work attitude, respect for authority and others, attention to detail, and world-wide experiences that would not have been possible otherwise. Those characteristics do carry over into the business world as viable traits to becoming a better business owner.”

R John Trodahl - Northfork Construction, Inc.

“I spent four years in the Air Force Medical Corp and flew as a crew-member in a "crash rescue helicopter." From Basic Training to Advanced Medical Training I was taught RESPONSIBILITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, DEDICATION TO PURPOSE, and that FAILURE IS NEVER AN OPTION. They have all served me very well in my private life and business career.”

Sharrel Davison - Northwest Uniforms, Inc.

“Improved communication skills due to extensive experience in leadership positions throughout my 23 years active duty.”

Sergio DelHoyo - NOVA Home Inspection LLC

“'As I reflect back on my military experience and its “lessons learned”, it is clear that many are transferable to managing a business. First, you are only as good as your people. If you hire good people and mentor them, trust their will and allow them to grow, your team will ensure your business success. Second, hard work is the foundation toward developing a solid business model. Dedication and commitment are needed to ensure performance in the crowded business environment. Providing a quality product is not possible without the foundation. The last and I believe the most important lesson I brought with me from the Marine Corps was that nothing is as vital to success as high personal and professional morals and ethics. Without this standard success will soon slip from your group. Success in the business world is a challenge but possible following the principals acquired over a lifetime of military experience.'”

Terry Ebbert - T J Ebbert and Associates

“Military service has made me a better business owner because it has instilled in me that everything needs to be thorough, precise and done in a timely fashion. Being disciplined in getting tasks done efficiently and to be a team player.”

antone Nielsen - T. Nielsen Environmental

“Team work.”

Rboert Sanders - T.J. Reliable Handyman, Inc

“I am able to plan, prioritize and execute a plan while ensuring all resources necessary are available!”

Tamasine Wood-Creighton - Tamasines Camo Green

“Military service has prepared me to be a better owner because it made me detail oriented. It also helped me with my organization skills. I learned that organization plays a vital role on order in your business.”

Juan Davis - Tandem Productions LLC

“My Military experience has taught me the value of commitment, character, and discipline. I apply these attributes to the way that I live my life and the way that I manage my business.”

William Cobb - Targeted Tactics, LLC

“The Army taught me to pay attention to detail which in the business world is everything.”

Matthew Logan - TDL Electrical Contractors, Inc

“Discipline, plain and simple.”

Kirt Anderson - TEC Trainer, LLC

“I was a Navy Corpsman for 10 years at which time my strong work ethic and discipline was forged. I thank the military for every good thing that has happened to me as well as every good trait I have grown.”

Kimberly Nash - The Bunny Baby

“My time in the Marine Corp taught me values such as honesty, hard work and discipline will pay you back ten fold in everything you do, including but not limited to, your personal life as well as your business.”

Ron McCollum - The Construction Services Group, Inc

“My military service provided me the discipline to achieve the goals I set for my organization.”

Fred Ezra - The Ezra Company

“The Marines instill self-respect, loyalty, attention to detail, and well to achieve dreams that may seem unreachable. Usually outnumbered, and trained to complete the mission and never to surrender, I view this poor economy as a strength, not a weakness, but to build on, and improve organizational operations to assure the highest customer service to accomplish company goals.”

Jerry Holmes - The Iowa Trim House

“I worked in Finance and Accounting, it helped me in communicating with people.”

Veniva Paul - The Jamaican Herbalist, LLC

“The two owners of the firm are both in the Army Reserves. We both deployed to Iraq. We are now at the same Army Unit. Michael Chen is a 1LT (O2) in the JAG Corp. He just received his commission. He was a SSG (E6) prior to getting commissioned. Rex Tran is a SFC (E7). The military service gave us both the will and drive to own our own business. It helped give us the confidence, patience and the ability to pay attention to the details necessary to build a business.”

Rex Tran - The Law Offices of Chen & Tran

“My over 25 years of military service has given me a sense of pride in myself and my country. It has also prepared me for the demands of operating a small business.”

Thomas Mengesha - The Mengesha Firm, P.C.

“Communications and teamwork.”

James Sleter - The Place To Go Travel

“It Forged a "Can Do Attitude" Coupled with personal Accountability, Perseverance, dedication and loyalty.”

Octavio George Manso - The Pressure's On Us

“Serving both Active Duty and in the Reserves as a Marine Corps. Officer, I learned about effective leadership and about how to manage people. While in the Marines, I had the opportunity to demonstrate these skills while acting as the Commanding Officer of a battalion for 3 of the 20 years in which I served. After retiring from the Marines, I was able to transfer these talents into the private sector as well further my education by achieving a Masters Degree in Business Administration.”

Jeff Kleinfelter - A&M Superior Safety Services

“It gave me the can do attitude. The U S NAVY taught me to never give up, failure is not an option. Always keep your word, be honest and truthful. Always do your best.”

George Graham - A-1 Plumbing Of Baltimore LLC

“When I was drafted in 1971 I was only 19 years old. The two years I served I grew up and matured. I learned team work and the meaning to words like pride, honesty, respect, and loyalty. Today I apply these traits to my business and work ethic.”

Terry Bazler - A-1 Pool Care

“Taught me discipline, time management and structure.”

Tom Koziol - Accurate Insurance Services

“Honest and dependable.”

JAMES WAREHAM JR - ADS Electronics Inc.

“The Military has improved my skills in being responsible, reliable, accurate, self reliant, and timely in my dealings with business associates and clients. Learning the work ethic, and discipline has proven to be invaluable in helping myself and others achieve their goals. The education, and experience working with many diverse people and situations has prepared me for the business world, and my personal life. What better gift to receive while serving your country!”

Dennis Jacques - Advanced Data Technology Inc

“It gave me the knowledge and experience to be a leader in the defense community. It gave me the special skills and abilities to be an intelligence professional in the defense contracting industry.”

Joseph James - Advanced Methods Group, Inc.

“From boot camp to my duty station I had some of the finest examples of officers and Sergeants to look up to. I was lucky to get assigned to the best Sergeants and Officers that taught me leadership and that a man is only as good as his word. Never ask a man to do what you are not willing to do yourself. I was shown that a man dose the best that he can do in every situation. One name that deserves honorable mention is Command Sergeant Major Kennedy a top soldier.”

Stephen Pullen - Advantage Tool & Mold LLC

“Time and Organizing Management.”

Ginny Abbott - AG LifeStyle Concierge, LLC

“The military discipline, policies and procedures helped me to be a better entrepreneur. Order, responsibility and commitment are keys to a successful business. PLDC (leadership training) helped me prepare to be a better boss as well. I was trained in the Army to be a mechanic, which was my career goal since grade school. Also included in my AIT (mechanic school) was an annex on recovery that peaked my interest as well as gave me a good idea what proper vehicle recovery was all about.”

Kim Ford - Bad Girl Towing

“We are highly qualified and personable with a real desire to understand your needs providing the utmost quality of service to you. The military instilled in us to give 110% in whatever we do.”

Jacqueline Baskett - AJB Enterprises

“Taught me to always be prepared for the unexpected.”

jerrry uhl - Abbey's Flower Nook

“Discipline and loyalty. Knowing that I work with other veterans, I have a peace of mind we understand each other. Though I did my active duty time as a Marine, I did my two tours in Iraq as an Army MP. The focus you need in the red zone is used each day for my business, the dedication and motivation was driven into you constantly.”

Zoran Smaic - Leatherneck CCU

“Discipline, integrity, perseverance.”

Terence Jones - Legacy Contractors

“Maturity, organizational skills, meeting deadlines, how to work with persons from any background.”

Benjamin Pogany - Pogany Construction, LLC

“Credibility, structure, discipline.”

Cary Vea - Polytron Corporation

“The Military made me a man. During my Tour of Duty, I learned leadership, respect, teamwork, organization, structure, and most important Honesty, Compassion, The love of our Country and all the people who live here and who give their lives everyday.”

John Dafonte - Port Bolivar Marine Service, Inc.

“I learned how to overcome diversity, remain focused on my goals, meet challenges with relentless passion in order to exceed the expectations of those I served with. I also gleaned much from the fine individual's who served around me with regard to leadership styles, foresight, and planning. Given awesome responsibility at a young age I learned how to make critical decisions under pressure which continues to serve me well.”

Robert Roy - Positive VSI, Inc.

“It helped prepare me to be able to deal with the unexpected situations and events that occurred outside of my planned strategy and how to react accordingly.”

Tony Whetstine - Poway Samurai Martial Arts

“Honor, courage, and commitment are the Corp Values that make the Bedrock of Character for each of us at Praetorian Group. The Marine Corp instilled these values and pride. We have been deployed to the Middle East on several tours of duty and our assignments forwarded the cause as well as our experience. Our organization has developed using this experience and training resulting in an excellent performance record and adherence to an established Business Organization Plan.”

Quentin Goins - Praetorian Group and Associates LLC

“23 years of experience in logistics at senior executive level, policy and program planning and oversight, management experience of large scale implementations with world wide deployment.”

Matthew Gustat III - Pragmatic Business Solutions, Inc

“Dedication to others.”

A Brummel - LegalShield Independent Associate - Angela Williams Brummel

“Command position.”

W Creighten Cornett - LegalShield Independent Associate - Creighten Cornett

“Tenacity to hang in there and network together, you learn a lot being part of a team (how to look out for each other, don't let your buddy fail and support. If it was not for my experiences my life would not be blessed as it is know. I thank my leadership in challenging me to achieve and never quit.”

Gregory Brown - LegalShield Independent Associate - Gregory Brown

“Being in the Marines I have learned how to improvise, adapt, and overcome.”

Oscar Kelley - Life Insurance for All and (Diabetics) - Oscar Kelley

“My service in the U.S. Army has prepared me in business by: understanding my goals, mission, and methods used by competition. I am a combat veteran; so, I understand the “need to have” vs. the “nice to have” tools and strategies to survive and win. Leadership methods learned in the military have helped me coach, council, manage, motivate as well as discipline/reward my employees. Communication, documentation, initiative, organization, professionalism, teamwork, technical quality and technical quantity as well as time management skills were business tools that I learned while in the service.”

Dave Tong - Premier Technical Services Corporation

“You don't give up when things get tough and you keep you head when others lose it.”

Michael Kozeliski - PrepFire Solutions LLC

“Independent and confident.”

Dwayne Johnson - Consumer Choice Marketing

“It has made me a more disciplined individual. I focus more on the task at hand while at the same time having the ability to change focus immediately for an emergency or if a task comes up that needs urgent attention.”

Joshua Herting - Phenom Security Integrators, LLC

“It gave me the training and the tool to make my business work, it also made me think out of the box.”

Monty Hecker - Pride Asset Protection Inc

“Attention to detail and follow through Leadership.”

Robert Amacker - Process Engineering & Fabrication

“Getting the job done right, the first time, on time. Teamwork and preparedness. Integrity is an integral part of our business and a core value of the Air Force and all armed forces.”

David Myers - ProAxis IT

“How to be organized. Gave me a never quit attitude. How to lead and manage employees.”

Robert Brown - Professional Cleaning Services & Supply, Inc.

“The military taught me humility, honor, a strong work ethic, and follow thru.”

James Gigeous - Proficient Air LLC

“Great attention to detail.”

paul salas - PSA Electric

“The military taught me discipline and how to focus to achieve my goals.”

Jeffrey Harrison - Quality Locating Service LLC

“The discipline and commitment learned while in the service has been a great influence on my personal life and career paths. The attention to detail and responsibility I learned during my active duty tours has greatly helped me to focus and prioritize my agendas and duties.”

Christopher Gambill - Qwiksharp

“Teaches to follow through on any project and to complete everything started.”

Edward Mills - Automated Business Equipment Service

“Discipline, attention to detail, understanding the value of hard work and this great country!”

Hayden Hartland - Spearstone

“Take care of the soldier next to you and hopefully you'll see the glorious sun rise," is a quote from one of my platoon sergeants in Iraq. Out of uniform I will support our troops so they too may see the glorious sun rise.”

Skip Spoerke - Special Kindness In Packages, Inc.

“During my Personnel (HR) career in the Air Force, I gained the knowledge and experience needed to step out on my own. While on active duty I was also afforded the opportunity to pursue a degree in Management. I've always known that I would someday start my own company, so having proper the training, project management & people skills, and experience gained through the military are my foundation to successful entrepreneurship.”

Shelly Stafford - Stafford Home & Business Inventory, LLC

“My service has provided me with leadership skills, dedication, and has provided me with the morals that go far beyond the Army.”

Jason Stephenson - Stephenson Painting

“The military taught me discipline, courage & strength. It strengthened the qualities that I already had & just made me a better person in general. From all the traveling I guess you could say I am more cultured as well.”

Sandra Atkinson - Stress Busters Massage Therapy

“The United States military is the most effective organization to teach discipline, leadership, and perseverance. These skills and mental attitudes are teachable and transferable to any other organization.”

Jerrold Strong - Strong Consulting

“Being in the service gave me inner strength to weather the changing environment of business ownership. It also gave me leadership skills to help direct my business in the way I want it to go.”

Paul Walsh - Superior Executive Transportation

“Strong Networking Abilities.”

Andre Tetrault - SW FL Biometrics

“Jim has been our Executive Director since 2008. He enlisted in the US Army in 1978 and he was commissioned as an officer in 1988. Medically discharged in 1992 due to service-connected injuries from the Persian Gulf War, he formed the Veterans Information Network in 1993 and became involved in the national veterans movement which created the NGWRC at that time. He has remained an active leader of the NGWRC for that entire time, serving on our Board of Directors for many years. He has represented veterans as a member of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and he has testified before Congress promoting legislation and funding that has since been enacted, helping veterans receive better health care and benefits.”

James Bunker - National Gulf War Resource Center

“Honor, Courage and Commitment. As simple as that.”

Aaron Ansarov - Legion Photo LLC

“Military service taught us how to lead, teach, make decisions, be accountable. These qualities add up to success as a business owner.”

Robert Mixon - Level Five Associates, LLC

“Was given a typewriter while going into the seventh grade in school and have been typing ever since then. While in the Army in 1959, I was trained to be a Teletype Operator and worked at the Western Union at Ft. Benning, GA. Have been typing ever since then and had many excellent jobs which required my typing skills. Among them were Lockheed and also, Hughes Aircraft, typing Technical Manuals.”

LaWanda Lawson - Lighthouse Typing

“The military service instilled confidence in my abilities and taught me leadership.”

David Hall - DRH Engineers PLC

“Discipline, diligence, loyalty, persistence, passion, service, commitment.”

Paul Drury - Drury Realty

“Military service is invaluable in providing leadership training that is found nowhere else on earth.”

Bob Stooksbury - Veterans Alaska Construction

“As chairman of the board, Veterans Fellowship Association, military duty in the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service taught me the values of conferencing and brainstorming any and every project. We were all strangers, yet we were brothers, family members now and forever. I am now 70 years old and "retired" but busier than ever with community affairs, just like everyone else in the VFA nationwide. We get more done behind the scenes than you can imagine. Thank you for your services.”

Richard J. Fields - Veterans Fellowship Association

“After over 27 years service, I have an appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have endured. To find disabled and unemployed veterans unable to find work is unacceptable to me. Military service ingrains a life-long work ethic which puts service above personal comfort; my business is just a continuation of my service to my country.”

John Campbell - Vetmade Industries, Inc.

“As a daughter/niece/sister of military service members I am punctual and goal driven. I was raised on many Air Bases throughout the US and remember the pride displayed for our country at 5pm everyday when service members saluted the flag. Thanks!”

Valencia Peterson - VIP Office Cleaners

“My 21 years of military service has given me the discipline, the leadership skills, and the determination to accomplish my mission and to service my community.”

Willie Mitchell - W C Mitchell & Associates Inc

“Discipline, organization, attention to detail and drive.”

John Pillo - Weiss Medical, Inc.

“By instilling in me hard work and honesty that has lead to a successful business career.”

Philip Rogers - Windy Acres French Brittany's

“I retired after 30 years as a Navy Physician. My professional experiences were at navy industrial facilities (shipyards, air rework facilities) which gave me the insights into the medical needs of industry. I've written two books on the subject and am a frequent presenter.”

James Allen - Working Healthy Always LLC

“Serving in the Army for 9 years gave me the confidence,patience,integrity and respectfulness to start my own company. There are 3 things in my life I am grateful for. Meeting my wonderful wife, being a proud father and joining the US Armed Forces.”

Darryl Jackson - Pearl Acquisitions Group, Inc

“The Military Decision Making Process (MDMP0 is straight forward and translates into a business plan very easily. You are well prepared to write a comprehensive plan if you have ever written documentation for MDMP or Operation Orders (OPORDs).”

William Peacock - PHD Computers, Inc

“25th Infantry Division Troop List as of 31 January 1970Vietnam. 595 combat engineers. Motivated me to go back and finish school.”

DANA SORENSON - Platinum Home Mortgage Corporation

“As an officer in Viet Nam I was in charge of 40 men and a huge supply facility. At Fort Knox I headed all quartermaster operations in support of a population of 60,000.”

Gary Platt - Points North, Inc.

“Built confidence in my ability to do jobs right and be proud of my work.”

William Slater - Precision Machined Parts LLC

“By teaching me great leadership and people skills. Also, achieving a great work ethic.”

Bruce Price - Price Health Insurance

“Dedication and commitment to country, family and self. implementing policy and procedure. executing your task effectively and efficiently. Prioritizing and research.”

GERALD HAYDEN - PTL Transportation Services, LLC

“I am a veteran of the United States Army. During my service in the United States Military, I have learned discipline, motivation and communication skills, which are all assets necessary to have a successful business. I have nine years of previous experience within the service industry and maintain a great working relationship with both customers and suppliers.”

Lonnie Morrow - Tomorrows Eco Services LLC

“My military services has given me the discipline to do whatever I put my mind to.”

Shane Lee - Time for Taxes, LLC

“I apply the organization, leadership and discipline I learned in the military every day.”

Thomas Deierlein - ThunderCat Technology

“To be truthful, prompt and dedicated.”

TONY DELLINCARPINI - Thompson Press Inc.

“Working in a company, battalion, and brigade the military has taught me to deal with a wide variety of personalities, problems, and issues. The military has taught me to know when to react immediately and when to hold back and wait for the smoke to clear. Mostly, it has taught me to persevere in the face of tough economic times.”

Garrett Thompson - Thompson Family Chiropractic

“Discipline and the chain of command combined with accountability of personnel is how military service has prepared me to be a better business owner.”

William Mitchell - Thomas Banks & Mitchell, LLC

“Leadership and commitment!”

D. Michael Johnson - ThermaCor, Inc

“My military service taught me that no matter how hard things seem, you can always get more out of yourself.”

Aaron Broglin - The Trumbull Group L.L.C.

“Standard operating procedure, or SOP, is a term widely understood by those who have served in the armed forces. SOP refers to a step-by-step method for how a mission or function will be carried out and Veterans understand the importance of implementing and following SOP for a task to be executed and the mission completed successfully. This systematic approach sounds very similar to the business model, and is why more and more veterans are becoming better business owners/entrepreneurs.”

Andrew Sutton - The Sutton Connection

“Discipline and Tenacity.”

Kevin Leahy - The SpoutOff

“survival school prepared me for operating a business in the current economic downturn!”

Harold Hobbs - Guardian Angel Cleaning Service Inc.

“I did construction while serving in Vietnam.”

Oscar Greene - Group III Mgt., Inc.

“Quality, Integrity, Dependability.”

Tim Alexander - Amerivet Painting

“My military service disciplined me to always commit myself to the highest quality in all things, to be loyal, be honest and be a self-starter.”

Martha Macias-Alexander - Martha Macias-Alexander

“I have the unique experience with working with different people to achieve a common objective. Teamwork, discipline, customer service, and a high standard of professionalism is our specialty.”

Art Baja - Arturo C. Baja, CPA

“Showing respect to others no matter what the situation. Showing up on time for all appointments. Doing the best job the first time.”

Brian Watkins - Coastal Year Round Lawn Service, Inc.

“The discipline in the Military has helped me become motivated to run a business.”

Rocky Everett - Complete Occupational Drug Exams, LLC

“In the military I developed organization and problem solving skills which help me with business everyday.”

Michael Jozefiak - Coordinated Defense Supply Systems, Inc.

“After serving in Iraq as an Infantryman in the US Army, well I knew I could do ANYTHING. I opened a store where I could serve military members and public safety professionals, giving them the respect they deserve.”

Ezra Child - Cop's Closet

“Organization, attention to detail, desire to do better, caring for others, better teamwork and overall better leadership. Drive.”

Jesse Gonzales - County Imports

“Military service showed me how hard work, and strong moral aptitude can draw people to you. The Army taught me self discipline and a strong work ethic which has helped me build a successful business.”

Lawrence Hill - Cutting Edge Custom Cutting Boards

“Serving in the Air Force gave me the knowledge and confidence to start my own business. I learned that paying attention to detail in business will put you above the competition.”

Karl Hart - CyberCon Security Solutions, LLC


Anthony G. Moretto - Daddio's OnPoint Auto Repair, LLC

“Where else is a 19 year old kid going to be given as much responsibility and accountability? Some people go their entire lives without being as prepared for business as a one tour enlisted man.”

Dan Light - Dan Light Consulting

“We assist Veterans in Augusta, GA and the CSRA with VA Claims, Transportation to doctor app at VA Medical Centers.”

George Chapman - DAV Augusta Georgia Pendleton King Chapter # 10

“It taught me how to deal with people and understand that everyone has needs and to flexible.”

GARRY DELONG - Delong Plumbing Heating and Air

“My time in the Air Force during the years of the Vietnam War contributed to a wider perspective on politics, policy and life and gave me an appreciation for life. Add to this, a sense of discipline, team work, leadership skills and determination - all requirements for growth and success.”

Linda DiMario - DiMario & Associates

“To be more focused and goal-oriented.”

william Johnson - B.T.R.

“At 18, I joined the USAF. I have always been very disciplined, am a hard worker, and have a strong sense of doing a job well. The USAF and I got along very well. After leaving the USAF, I developed a career in sales and operations management. I would not trade my time serving my country for any amount of money. I am proud to be a veteran - my service to my country was a cornerstone in my life. Thank you.”

Richard "DICK" Christopher - DIX Auto Detailing

“Military service provided me the discipline and work ethic to be a better business owner. Improvise, adapt, overcome.”

Steve Pritchard - Division 16, LLC

“My time in the US Army taught me the importance of establishing a formal process and working to improve that process. This principle elevated my value in my IBM Career and provided the leverage necessary to make my company successful.”

Steve Dolbow - Dolbow & Company

“The regimentation and training has helped shape life as well as set business protocols to help my business run smoothly and grow.”

Matthew Hutchings - Dolomite Enterprises

“The training provided in the Military provided the values and discipline necessary to execute and grow my business. A can do attitude, where there is no giving up, always going the extra mile. This sets us apart from our competitors.”

David Rambhajan - Industria Inc.

“Ability to make command decisions, lean on principles and instinct, and get the job done, no excuses.”

Dillon Sanders - Inbound, LLC

“Discipline and Leadership have made me a better business owner.”

Paul Villemaire - C&M Machine Products

“It has created a sense to help others in their time of need.”

Ernesto Figueroa - Cadence Surveillance and Investigation

“I was a Special Forces member who was trained to be focused on my million. Creating and Building Cal Vet Solar Works with the sole purpose of getting America's Heroes hired in the Green Industry requires the same focus.”

Michael Kissinger - Cal Vet Solar Works

“The military taught me discipline, and that if you want to be successful you have to put in those early mornings and late nights.”

Tim Cameron - Cameron Building Inc.

“Discipline, Honesty, Pride.”

Walt Hardy - Canteen Catering, Inc.

“Discipline Leadership Strategic Assessment Goal Orientation Team Mentality Camaraderie”

Scott Spinka - CareMerica, Inc.

“Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Providing Quality Service.”

michael w. carruthers - Carruthers Construction & Safety Company Inc.

“Leadership and management training and experience.”

Greg Thompson - CCW Services, LLC

“Experience in leading groups: Staff owns the wins, leader owns the failures. If a failure occurs it was because I failed to lead them to victory. A failure is always the leaders problem which can't be delegated. Praise belongs to those who chose to follow my lead and they deserve the rewards. The fate of a manager rests in the hands of the staff. If they believe: the outcome will be better than usual if not great, however if not, then the fate is already known. - Semper fidelis, David L. Cannon”

David Cannon - CertTest Training Center

“The ARMY taught me the basis of the cargo security business.”

ERIK HOFFER - CGM Security Solutions

“Management from the ground up.”

William Comee - Charter Trading Corporation

“My experience in the military has taught me discipline, service, integrity and the ability to be a self starter and always do my best.”

David Forward - Chip's American Jerky Company

“Judgment, justice, decisiveness, initiative, dependability, tact, integrity, enthusiasm, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty and endurance.”

Ryan Christensen - Dragonfly Home Inspection LLC

“It's an experience that should be mandatory for all graduates of high school for at least two years.”

Jay Canals - AIC Window Services

“Combat experience helps me everyday manage my business at the highest level while providing customers with equal service.”

Gene big soldier - Big Time Maintenance Solutions

“The military service prepared me to be a better business owner through training, discipline and always striving to continue the path you started regardless of the obstacles you may face. Never give up, pursue your goal.”

Ronnie King - Biosphere International, Inc.

“As a member of the USAF I was selected to attend NCO Leadership School as an E-4. I was selected as a Stripe For Exceptional Performance Recipient after turning around a office that was devastated by attrition. Having 7 people under me who were on their way out the door, and 7 people just new to the military, I was able to install recognition programs to motivate all members involved resulting in Professional Military Office of the Year Awards.”

Ernest Blue Jr - Blue Crew Realty LLC


Hardy Stone - BluePoint Productions

“Serving our country has given me a positive outlook on serving others. There are people that need us; some more than others. When you serve in the military it instills the desire to go above and beyond the call of duty always for excellence in service to all that have a need. There is no greater honor than to server our country and fellow man.”

Loretta Bruner - Body Essence Massage

“Leadership training, confidence in my abilities, planning. Willingness to take risks.”

John Booth PE MBA - Booth Civil Engineering PA

“It taught me there is always a way. Never quit, Never surrender. The body and mind are more capable than one would ever believe. Military life has taught me to improvise adapt and overcome, and do to whatever it takes to succeed as long as I am taking care of my troops and completing the mission, all is well.”

Paul Krumenacker - Brightspear Armed Service Authority

“There are many things, so I will list a few: - Leadership - When times are tough, I know I have been through worse - Good stories - Provides a real connection when dealing with another veteran”

Derek Kottke - Business Partners Group

“It has helped me learn to set goals and meet deadlines. It taught me discipline and to be self motivated.”

Denise Boulet - 1navywoman

“Discipline and organization!”

Ron Vice - Semper Fi Lawn Care and Snow Removal

“Prepared me to lead my employees and make critical calls for the better of my company!”

Eric Perez - Semper Fight

“The can do attitude." If you have been there you understand.”

Leigh Carby - Service First Supply

“Taught me to strive for my goals. Taught me discipline, and respect towards others.”

Thomas Snell - Shiny Paws Moble Pet Grooming

“20 years of service in the United States Armed Services has greatly enhanced an appreciation for teamwork, attention to detail, and a sense of respect for those above and below me. Failure is never an option, yet sometimes necessary to address. 20 years serving The United States encouraged me to take advantage of the great opportunities available by the very nation I was defending.”

Thomas Monin - Kentucky Professional Land Services, Inc.

“When serving as an Airborne Ranger with the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, I sustained a line-of-duty knee injury during a parachute mission. I had to work every day to rehabilitate my knee; however, the injury ultimately caused my medical discharge from the Army. I, more than most other personal injury lawyers, understand how it feels to suffer from and overcome a life-changing injury. I can relate to my clients, and I can better present my injured clients to juries.”

Timothy Nies - Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A.

“The USAF taught me to persistently strive for growth and improvement.”

Robert Earl - Utility Control Systems Management, Inc

“Wife is co-owner and she is the veteran.”

Stephen Brooks - Killeen Fence Company

“United States Marine Corps, Honor, Courage, Commitment and Attention to Detail. All lessons learned in the Marines are priceless that gave me a strong edge over my civilian competition. No college in the world can teach you to be a leader like the Marine Corp.”

Rajendra Hariprashad - Ena's Driving School, Inc.

“It gave me the leadership awareness necessary to think strategically about mission accomplishment while improving troop welfare.”

Aaron Guyett - Innovative Results

“My military service was unquestionably the most important step I took on my pathway to founding a highly successful and professional company. The more important elements that I learned during my military career have to do with Ethics, Ethos, Accountability, Initiative, a Zero tolerance for failure and a high level of organizational and situational awareness skills that I can honestly say places myself and Intrawork above ALL the rest.”

Scott Bruno - Intrawork

“The organizational skills and forward planning required of a Senior NCO have been invaluable in starting and running my own business.”

Scott Fisher - Iron Horse Lodge and Cafe

“Warrior Ethos!”

Iron Mikes - Iron Mike's Military Exchange

“Military service gave me the strength, patience and courage to achieve my goal of owning and running my own tech-based business. The military gave me the "never give up" attitude.”

Christopher Parchman - Universal Sky

“Proud of what I do for charter clients. Trainable and can learn new things everyday. Commitment to finish the mission.”

Jeff Lyons - Island Time Charters

“Integrity, work ethic, timeliness, efficiency.”

Austin West - IT Veterans, LLC

“The Air Force has taught me how to work with a wide selection of people and how to handle problems with a calm attitude, It has taught me to be a leader instead of a boss.”

James Williams - J & F Transmissions

“The Marine Corps taught perseverance, self-discipline, and self-confidence, as well as the benefits of hard work, team work, and keeping a keen focus on my goals and deadlines. Without that, I would not have been able to make the decision or dedication to start my own business, as well as maintain it and build the clientele and returning customers that I have.”

J. Higgins - J's Oil Supply & Accessories

“Because of my military service I'm always on time, & ready to do a job well done.”

Mark Manning - Jacksonville Plumbing Authority

“The Army gave me more focus to attain my goals for a successful business by showing respect to my customers and an understanding of their needs. It also gave me the work effort needed to run my own business.”

Jacob Lewis - JB's Tax & Accounting Service, Inc.

“Through discipline and Honor I know that know matter how tough things get I will come through.”

Rocky VonZidkow - VonDari Moto

“I learned how to survey in the military. The military gave me the can do attitude to know I could successfully operate my own business.”

Alan Horner - Horner & Associates Surveying and Land Planning, PA

“The attention to tedious details and a higher appreciation for service are hallmarks of my time in the Air Force.”

Phillip Holland - Holland Photo Studio

“The discipline and attention to detail leaned in the Army prepared me to be a self employed person. Without those attributes and other attributes it would be very difficult to run a successful business.”

Henry Johnson - HJ Trucking

“They make sure you learn discipline and hard work, which prepares you for life not just business, but it sure helps.”

Andrew Hanus - HGC Global LLC


DICK SHADWELL - Headlite Doctor, Inc

“By giving me the skills, hard work ethic, and sacrifice needed to run your own business.”

Brian Caslin - HCS Executive Town Car Service


Bryan Hawkins - Hawkeye Industries, Inc

“Discipline, leadership, management, flexibility, and the ability to take a calculated risk are all skills that I learned during my 10 years in the military. The ability to work with people from all walks of life, integrity, the quest for excellence and the desire to succeed are also important skills I learned while in the military and integral to running a business.”

Lori Hansen - Hansen Hounds

“As an Operation Specialist in the Navy I have learned the dedication, passion and love for an organization. My hard work in the Navy has shown me how I can be successful as a Veteran Owned Business. My cleaning service is organized, punctual, and has similar values to those that are listed in the Navy core values.”

Yvonne Toney - Barsallo-Toney Cleaning Services

“Military service provides a camaraderie that acts as an enticement for veterans to do business with other veterans.”

Gary Bates - S&P Solutions, Inc.

“The Marines have taught me how to adapt and overcome insurmountable odds. In today's economy businesses are struggling and it takes an untiring devotion to meet objectives to survive regardless of the obstacles which is what was preached to me on a daily basis during my glory years in the Marines. Once a Marine always a Marine regardless of the mission. In addition we worked as a team which is absolutely necessary in any business that is going to continue to climb the ladder of success.”

Santo Vitrano - S.M.V. Business Services LLC

“The most important think I've learned from the military would definitely be organization and preparedness, both of these qualities are critical to both military and business survival.”

Bryan Green - Sacramento Wedding Photographers

“My military service taught me the leadership necessary to manage and motivate personnel effectively. I learned that I do not need people to work for me, but rather with me toward a common goal. A mutual respect is an essential ingredient in any successful working relationship.”

Michael Friedel - Safety First Technologies, Inc

“I feel that if it was not for my service in the ARMY I would of never received needed funds to purse my college education and would never been able too start a company or the discipline with the can do attitude I learned while in the ARMY.”

Todd Martin - Safety Tech Inc

“Discipline and structure military provided is key to running any business.”

Robert Birdsong - Scan Am Marine Services, Inc

“Military life helped shape my life go better serve my customers.”

chuck Brokhoff - Scrubs Mobile Auto Spa LLC

“Taught leadership and management skills while providing unique experience and qualifications.”

George Gennin - SDS International

“Determination and willingness to improve.”

PAUL ZIEMBA - SDV Contracting, LLC

“Discipline and focus.”

Jason Warren - Security2020

“Leadership skills and self confidence.”

Clinton Mitchell - Seegra, LLC

“Military service instilled a sense of disciple, organization, team work, and accountability into our organization. The name of our company, Semper Fi, translates into "always faithful to our mission". We take that phrase literally, and it permeates our corporate culture.”

Kenneth Lee - Semper Fi SDAV, LLC

“Responsibility. Knowing how to do the job and get it done.”

James Lutz - Serpico Pizza

“My military service has provided me with a profound respect for all veterans as well the country we served. The team work you experience on a daily basis is comparable to professional sports. I was able to bring this team mentally to my industry. This allowed open communication with my customers as well as other professionals in the cleaning industry. My business has greatly benefited from the "TEAM" mentality fostered by the military.”

Shawn Nachurski - Shawn's Cleaning Service LLC

“My time in the Marine Corps helped me survive combat and all of life's challenges. It is hard to believe it was 40 years ago when I was a Radio Operator in Viet-Nam.”

John Richardson - I Am Free Forever

“On time every time.”

Ed Hoessman - IGC Associates, Inc.

“I learned discipline, focus, grit, compassion, empathy, and servant leadership. I was immersed into the neuroscience of adult learning through PME (professional military education) as both a student and trainer. My exposure to the amazing diversity of humanity and the plight of the "under dog" continues to influence how I treat others. I learned the cost of freedom and the importance of preserving it. God, family, country.”

Dennis Funk - Edifi Training

“Learning to drive and work hard and be the best has taught me to be the best and always strive to be the best. We even live by our own version of the ARMY values here at Techwarrior Computer Service.”

Roderick Rotzien - Techwarrior Technologies LLC

“Without a doubt, the Air Force instilled a sense of honor and service. This is a cornerstone of my business and has made my agency on of the top agencies in Tennessee. Doing what is right even when you do not make anything on the deal is the thing to do. This always comes back 10 fold.”

D'Lon Dobson - TennHealth Insurance Services

“It all started from my Boot Camp (Basic Training) through my Drill Sergeants who instilled in my mind discipline, honor, integrity, selfless service, flexibility and other good attributes that I applied to our own Termite Inspection Company from day 1 of May 2006 when we started up to present.”

ARIEL DEGUZMAN - TermiGONE Exterminators Inc.

“All Heart Home Care is a Veteran owned senior home care agency owned and operated by Eric Barth who formerly served in the United States Air Force. I proudly served my country and now with dedication & compassion I aid seniors and fellow Veterans in receiving the best home care services San Diego has to offer. I recruit the most trusted caregivers in the Greater San Diego area. To my fellow Veterans, I thank you for your service. For quality senior home care needs, call All Heart Home Care at 619-736-4677.”

Eric Barth - All Heart Home Care

“I am the spouse of a disabled veteran. He served 20 years in the Navy. Our sacrifice as a family as well as his service and dedication has helped us to be responsible with finances, meet deadlines and more than anything stick together. We like to give back now and have recently added an entire line of military flowers that were created with our military in mind. Our flowers are used for veteran's organizations and fundraisers. We are proud to still be connected to the military community.”

Susan Jones - The Eternal Rose

“The leadership and discipline I learned while in the Army has helped me manage people to get my work accomplished.”

Eric Teets - The IronCraftsman

“I was a LRRP for the 101st Airborne in Vietnam. I learned it is better to be behind the enemy than in front of him because he doesn't know you're there. I learned that the skills of a warrior who goes actively out to face the enemy are good preparation for business where you have to create your idea and then go out and make it happen. I learned discipline, follow-up, and integrity. I also learned to get my hands dirty and work hard.”

Larry Chambers - The Larry Chambers Company

“The military has trained me to lead in a variety of environments. I am ready to enter the civilian world using this knowledge and experience as my backbone!”

Jeffery Kane - The Margarita Man of Columbia

“Discipline, sense of duty, dedication to the job, larger view of life and the world, recognizing needs, prepared to help others and work as team.”

Fritz Strehlow - The Mentor Group

“The Air Force taught me about self discipline and how to constantly thrive to better myself. The Air Force also taught me the need for, and importance of, attention to the details of any task I undertake.”

Kevin M. Leonard - The Ohio Home Inspections Company

“Don Stallard retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. His most recent positions were Deputy Commander of Resources and Squadron Commander for airlift forces at Rickenbacker ANGB, Ohio and Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. He also served 5 years on active duty in the Air Force as a jet pilot and is a decorated Vietnam veteran. His entrepreneurial spirit emerged in 1984 when he applied his military background and business experience with the founding of The Reserves Network.”

Don Stallard - The Reserves Network

“My experience in the Army taught me to always remain true to myself and to my fellow man. It taught me to be honest, work hard and play fair in my everyday life. I try to take that experience and knowledge and use it to cultivate relationships with my employees. Hard work, determination and honesty is all I give and all I want in return.”

Michael Hickman - The Securus Group

“I was a cryptologist and linguist for the Marines. I expected to go to NSA upon separation from active duty, but they had a hiring freeze on. I went to temp agencies seeking work while I waited, one tested me, and decided I was an "IT guy" because I had good experience in systems implementation and database development and analysis. I was assigned to a small company where my blend of technical skills, leadership ability, and can-do attitude, all learned from the Marines, got me started.”

David Grinberg - DynaVet Solutions, LLC


Russell Weisse - DustyDiamond Enterprise

“Military service has prepared my husband to perform exceptional service above and beyond what is required of him in the business community. The military prepared him to listen to his customer base, think through what needs to be done and then find a way to accomplish the project at hand.”

charles spear II - DUCTZ of Fredericksburg

“By instilling the concept of "Can Do!" into all facets of my life.”

H Brummel - Bruce Brummel

“As a Military Veteran, I leaned discipline, and respect for others. I learned about honor and appreciate anyone who is willing to stand up for freedom. I learned to get the job done, no matter what.”

Rick Mendenhall - Down To Earth Lawn Care

“Providing opportunity to find solutions not already broadly held in the mainstream.”

Charles Danley - Diesel Max, Inc

“My military service has helped in so many ways its hard to know where to begin, however being decisive is one of the traits that was sharped in the Marines. i was pushed vigorously by not only my superiors but by my peers as well. I learned under heavy amounts of pressure and in a chaotic environment, I could persevere. I am very grateful too all who have served in ever Climb and Place. God Speed and Semper Fi!”

Corey Justice - Desert Eagle Power Wash LLC

“I learned two phrases. 1. Can do Sir. 2. No excuse Sir. These two phrases have been a bench mark through out my life and career.”

Robert Hunt - Deseret Investments, LLC

“The Marine Corps. helped instilled a sense of discipline, integrity, & work ethics in the product & service I offer to my customers; with the training I received in the Corps., there is nothing that I cannot conquer. An advance degree in accounting & finance was also made possible in part by my service to our country & has been very instrumental in the continued success of my businesses.”

PATRICIA SAINT LAURENT - Delta Financial Management

“The service taught me to get to work early, stay late, and work hard in-between!”

David Hadley - db Hadley & Associates, LLC

“The military prepared to be a better business owner by teaching me to follow through on the task at hand!”

clint watters - D Green Cleaning Service

“The discipline I experienced while in the military was a major factor in how I deal with many of life's situations. Being a small business owner, that discipline has helped me to keep focused on my goals.”

Geoffrey Norton - A Wellness Place

“I am very goal orientated, and hold myself, employees and business to a higher standard.”

Thomas Rostron JR - Tom Rostron Co. Inc

“Organization skills and having and working toward daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals!”

Thomas Fitzgerald - TPF Electrical Services

“Twenty years in the Marine Corps instilled the intangible character traits (such as discipline, drive and motivation) that has helped me to succeed as an independent business owner.”

Timothy Perry - Tracy Perry Salon

“It taught me integrity, maturity, responsibility and a love of country. I realized how good we have it here after a tour in Southeast Asia.”

Len MInotti - Tri-County Pressure Washing

“As an Ensign in the USNR I was assigned to DDG-9 USS Towers as Asst Weps. I was 21 and had a division of 27 men ranging in age from 18 to 49. I grew up quickly and learned how to manage in a crisis... which is the same as managing in non-crisis mode... learned a lot about being squared away and responsibility which has carried me thru life in my business and personal life. I am currently the Commander of the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team with 150 volunteers under me.”

Bruno Amicci - Triad Technology Group

“Organizing and attention to detail and striving to be better.”

Thomas Buffington - TriSpirit Productions

“Willingness to tackle and task, location, and requirement in order to achieve the goal.”

Dale Church - Triton Electrical Contractors, Inc.

“When the going gets tough the tough get going!”

Pablo Fel - True Vision Optical

“The military instilled more drive and motivation in me to accomplish the things I want.”

Mark Stanley - Twisted Computing

“Keep focused on the mission at hands and work in a team effort to get the job done.”

David Zuckerman - U.S Combat Heroes, Inc.

“My Navy experience taught me organizational skills together with the hard work and dedication necessary for ULTIMATE Protection Firearm Academy to be one of the safest, customer friendly CCW training facilities in Michigan; culminating in realizing our community based goal of building a family recreational shooting range.”

Al Polkowski - ULTIMATE Protection Firearm Academy

“We provide our services on time and under budget. As a former Marine I am determined to make sure every project big and small receives the same get it done attitude.”

Edward Cornell - Ultra Commercial Interiors

“There's no better way to be prepared for overcoming obstacles in business than to be an Active Duty Marine! Specifically the "stick-to-it-iveness" that most civilians lack.”

Melvin McCabe - discoverthePASS

“Military service instilled the discipline needed to efficiently operate a customer-oriented business.”

Robert Young - Eagle Veterans Services LLC

“LEADERSHIP - Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity, Personal courage.”

James Nazer - Emery Financial Incorporated

“In the military I was an Staff Sergeant in the Field Artillery Branch, which help me to become a better leader and to strive for what I want. I always wanted a business from the first time I learned a trade.”

Derrick Pinckney - Genetic Push Supplements

“Maturity, integrity, professionalism, timely.”

Greg Scheer - GC Scheer Inspections & Testing, LLC

“Signal corp specialist message center, crypto responsibility. Leading the security of the message center. These areas taught me to take responsibility for making sure we were following procedures to make us successful in our job function. Today that conditioning makes me follow the same training needed to face even a more dangerous area the business world.”

Lee Schiller - GB International Packing Service Inc

“Discipline, fortitude and the never-give-up attitude.”

Joe Mayberry - Systema Survival School

“Our team is comprised of dynamic individuals that have dedicated their professional lives serving in the United States Military, as well as continued service in the private sector, supporting aviation and protective service operations internationally. Aero Group Global is a SDVOSB, with its Key Personnel encompassing core values reflective of the US Military's Special Operations Community on the ground and in the air.”

Thomas Armstrong - Aero Group Global

“The military gave me the discipline and courage to not let anyone tell me what I can and can not do. It gave me leadership skills to be able to take a small group of realtors and teach them how to become High Volume Sellers.”

Raye Mayhorn - Realty Executives of Killeen

“Military Service instills values that last a lifetime as well as the opportunity to serve your country. Proud to be a USN military veteran.”

phillip solomon - Solomon Electrical Services

“Being a member of our military taught me how to be disciplined and organized. These qualities have been carried over into my business in every sense imaginable. Paying attention to the smallest of details is very important in my line of Work. This was very much instilled in me during my military service. I am proud to have served in our armed forces and I know that what I learned during my services will be a part of my life and business always.”

Shawn Wise - SOS Diesel Service

“The United States Navy gave me the critical experience that I needed in order to succeed in this industry. The military bearing that was instilled in me is my most valuable trait.”

Erik Holston - Solar Electric, Inc.

“I enlisted in the US Navy 17 years old 2 months out of high school served 18 years in the Navy travel through out overseas. I believe being the military give me balance in life. I learned how to be determined to succeed no matter what the situation. Disciple to to endure hardship as a good soldier. I also learned how to be problem solver. I learned that when a person commit themselves and put their live on the lines there is no turning stay until victory is won.”

Terry Barnes - Barnes Electric LLC

“The discipline and focus I gained in the Army has helped me throughout my life, and it helps me in my business as well.”

William Ashby - Ashby's Crafts and Gifts

“The Army taught me how to work with people.”

Frank Garito - Asbestos Corporation of America

“The Marine corps provided me at a young age the tools, ability and confidence to improvise, adapt and overcome any situation in life, from the tip of the spear to civilian life. Semper Fi!”

Jake Rayl - AT Foam

“My professional goals are simply a continuation of the leadership concepts I developed in my military career. Which is to be so effective in developing individuals, teams, and systems, that any business can thrive because I have developed resourceful leaders. Every day we must deliver results and how we deliver those results makes a difference in our personal and professional success.”

Gabrielle Bernal - GEM Elite Marketing

“The Marine Corps Gave me my best qualities: Loyal, Honest, Satisfaction of helping others with my skills, Self gratification, discipline! Always prepared, Over come and adapt. Never FAIL!”

Carl Brown - Buddy's Heating And Cooling

“The military taught structure and discipline but provided the ability to think for oneself. This traits have been foundational.”

Louis Christie - LMC Management Services

“The United States Navy help me with punctuality, discipline and enhanced my abilities to be a very resourceful person. In addition, I owe the military to my never say never attitude.”

Corey Lockett - Lockett Enterprises, LLC

“Our company was founded by Veterans that understand that being on time and always delivering is the true meaning of what the military taught us, and we use it everyday in business.”

Willam Linzy - LPS Integration

“Stronger person.”

Mark Merrill - M L Merrill Construction Inc

“To be responsible and make decisions. To be the best.”

Acri Melinda - M.L. Acri, Inc.

“At the age of 18 I joined the US Navy and learned more about Discipline. My parents got me started, but the NAVY taught me a system of rules governing conduct or activity. The best business's use the golden rule. Treat others as you would yourself.”

John Gutmann - Machine Press Video Productions

“Organization skills. Communication with different walks of life.”

Christopher Madison - Madison Variety Shop

“Self-motivation and knowing that failure is not an option.”

Christopher Frederick - Signs For Anything, Inc

“Training and discipline. The US Army trained me to be prepared and be committed to my services. Present the best and be the best.”

Noel Hoffman - Simple Solutions

“Trained on how to be a leader, dedication, fairness, and have pride for your business.”

Steven Kraslen - SM Kras Merchandising

“My four years service in the US Army was instrumental in helping me realize that with the proper attention to detail and planning I could accomplish anything I set out to do.”

Neil Ehrlich - Fighting Fitness

“As a Management Systems Officer in a naval industrial facility assembling and testing Polaris Missiles, I designed and implemented a Production Inventory Management System. Later on that background assisted me when I was working as a Manufacturing Engineer Manager and developed a materials processing concept that saved the company $350,000 annually. Further I worked in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility to do with sales, engineering and manufacturing.”

Richard Zielinski - Hydra Technology Corporation

“Being in a Tank Commander in Vietnam taught me that there is always a way to achieve success. The road ahead may seem impossible to cross, but with determination and some quick thinking anything is possible.”

Jeffery Locke - iAttachments

“The military takes honor, commitment, integrity and courage. Beyond those essential ingredients, one of the most important values in an organization is the ability to lead, and understand the ability to sort through complex challenges and find successful solutions in any situation. These values which were instilled in me have made me a successful and prepared entrepreneur.”

Bill Williams - Industrial Hygiene Services

“I'm better prepared because the Marine Corp taught me to never give up and that through hard work you can complete your mission successfully.”

Jeffrey bragg - Inflatable Fun Atlanta

“Military situations have given me the precedent and the preparation necessary for dealing with the daily adversity that comes with running a small business. Additionally, the lessons of leadership while in the service of our country has provided me with an outstanding foundation for leading the employees of our organization. A day does not go by that I am not thankful for the experiences, the friendships and strong bond formed while in the US Armed Forces. Thank You!”

Lou Bartulovic - Interior Classics Inc.

“More organized than the average Joe.”

Joe Foley - International Association of U.S. Government Contractors Houston Chapter

“I have been "honorably" separated from the Army for quite some time now. What the Army did teach me or instilled in me was "leadership". Weathering the hardship. Sharpened my focus and determination to succeed no matter the cost!”

John Daugherty - National Property Inspections- Seabrook

“Discipline and a drive to do things better have been applied to my grooming business.”

Jeffrey Martinez - Zoom Groom Mobile Pet Spa

“Military service provided the skills I needed to start my own business.”

Paul Cagle - Neapolitan Home Watch

“Taught me to work hard, be discipline, never give up!”

lee sampson - New Foundation Cleaning Services

“With the discipline to stay focus on finishing what I start, and not accepting no from anyone or anything to block completion of direction to complete determination to see this to come to life. Something most training on a job, or college or family can not provide in one life time, sincere determination, with ability to stay focused on the project while daily conflicts are dealt with ease.”

Steven Fortune - New Home Buildings

“In my 40 years as a veteran entrepreneur in the fields of Information Systems and Real Estate, the knowledge gained is the result of my military experience, my diligence to excel and my love of the business environment. Through all these endeavors and support of my family, I believe I have accomplished a great deal and I applaud the Army for showing me the correct way to handle life’s situations. I firmly believe every American should spend time in one of our distinguished military branches.”

Patrick Rann - Next Day Appraisals, Inc.

“Facing reality. I can remember when I got to Vietnam, the first thing I saw was a banner that read "Stay Alert, Stay Alive" and then a top Sargent said I know your a little concerned about being killed. "Don't because you'll never hear the one that gets you" 1.) So in the business world I've stayed alert & stayed alive 2.) I don't worry about who is going to do damage to what or whom because 9/10 you never see it coming.”

Edward Burns Sr - Video Suspects, Inc.

“The military exposed me to many levels of leadership and management under both the worst and best of times; it taught me to communicate across all levels of an organization,and to manage and direct projects across international and state lines.”

Edward Johnson - Global HR Consulting & Immigration Services

“When in the service I leaned about leadership and how to follow instructions.”

Harrison Mcquinn - GMD LLC

“I've stating hundreds of times to people I've come across that my military service was the best return on time I've had to date. Everything from the camaraderie with fellow soldiers to the overseas experience to the everyday experience was vital in me maturing and becoming a better person. I would do it over again in a heartbeat.”

Derek Caffe - Code Black Properties, LLC

“What you do is more important than what you say.”

Dan Rieth - Golden West Technology

“Taught me how to move forward during times of adversity, adapt and overcome. Leadership skills, how to mentor, how to follow, how to work hard now and reap the benefits later. How to do without, do more with less, be profitable, strong work ethic, never quit.”

Matthew Denson - Goodfellers Tree Service Inc.

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